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has been running for longer than that. barack obama and mitt romney are both nearing the end of intense debate prep, and coaching sessions. and at this point, they're designed either to create or prevent that moment that we've all seen that can somehow change the race. and with millions of americans watching these debates like a kind of super bowl of american politics, the stakes are high as the two men face each other in denver, just two days from now. we begin tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. it is the political super bowl, or perhaps the world series. mitt romney, behind in all battleground polls for the last three weeks, now has the most to gain from a game-changing night. and the most to lose if he doesn't turn it around. as the candidates head to debate camp, rolling up their sleeves, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he plays, barack obama, he plays them well, too. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney pract
obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. my policies will make things better for them. >> barack obama was in ohio, too, talking less about his record and more about romney. >> i don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims. >> the auto bailout helps the president here. ohio unemployment is 7.2%, better than most states. >> i need to you register to vote. i need you to start voting. six days from now on october 2nd. >> early voting, they started last friday in south dakota. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >> still ahead at 6:00, a guy couple is filing a lawsuit over their engagement photo. we'll tell you why. >> i'm jeff ranieri in the weather center with hazy outside but you know, not too hot. you look toward tomorrow we'll see near 90 inland. temperatures are expected to reach near 100. this is a lot of food for 4 bucks. yeah... think they made a mistake? i don't know - maybe. the fried cheese melt is back for just 4 bucks. 1 of 4 big 4-dollar meals on the 2-4-6-8 value menu. only at denny's. open all
details coming up in just a few minutes in sports. >>> but first, president obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney both campaign in the battleground state of virginia today after nearly crossing paths in another key swing state, ohio. nbc's tracie potts is joining from us washington with those details. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. virginia, four years ago, the president won that state after 44 years of voters there selecting republicans, but then ey flipped and switched their democratic governor for a republican, so, some back and forth in virginia, and now the president hopes to win that state back. president obama and mitt romney campaign in virginia today, where median income is 23% higher than the national average, and unemployment's way lower, under 6%. like ohio wednesday, the president's expected to hammer romney for his comments on the 47% of voters who don't pay taxes. >> i don't know how many of you will be with me this time around, but -- but it doesn't matter, because i'm running to be your president, to represent everybody. >> we're
. >>> well, as both presidential candidates make their way across battleground states, a new nbc news wall street journal marist poll shows president obama leading mitt romney in new hampshire. the two, however, are neck in >> reporter: earlier this week we were reporting new numbers for ohio and florida where president obama had a lead. new polls tell us in some battleground states it's much closer. mitt romney's message to donors last night. romney is only two points behind president obama there, but seven points behind in new hampshire. >> now your job is in danger. >> reporter: both sides came out swinging with new campaign ads on thursday. >> if i could sit down around with you at your kitchen table, here is what i would say. >> reporter: something new called economic patriotism. >> an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> romney saying the nation's debt is more than just paper. >> that is held by somebody. someone holds that. >> reporter: even supporters are split on how romney can win this race. >> he has
where romney is trailing in the polls. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio wednesday, both president obama and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to show empathy and soften his image. >> president obama and i both care about poor, working class families, the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: and despite relentless criticism of obama care, romney touted how his own health care overhaul in massachusetts helped families. >> don't forget, i got everybody in my state insured, 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance, i don't think there's anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that
a lot of politics to talk about. we're on the eve of the first presidential debate. both president obama and governor romney will spend the day preparing. what message do they need to send to undecided voters tuning in tomorrow night. bill o'reilly is here to talk about his new bookoming up. >> we'll look forward to that a. question, what caused this nasty gash on a killer whale in san diego. was it an accident or was it an attack by other whales? a live report on that. >> and post seth mcfarland? his friends and al roker praise the pick. some wonder why they selected the guy from family guy. we'll talk about it with today's professionals. >> do we sense what you feel? >> i'm still absorbing it. i'll let you know. >> not prepared to talk about it. before we get to that we want to check with the top stories from natalie morales. good morning. >> good morning everyone. we begin with that story about trouble in the skies for american airlines. as at least two separate 757 jets had to be diverted after several rows of seats came loose mid flight and six more planes are being inspected for th
shows president obama has an 18 point lead over romney among women. nbc's brian mooar joins us from washington with more on all this. brian, good morning. >> reporter: for both campaigns this first debate is filled can challenge and opportunity. as denver gets ready for tomorrow night's first presidential debate, so are the candidates. >> it'll be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. we'll get to describe our respective views. >> reporter: romney is hoping to pick up a few votes with an endorsement from football great john elway. president obama is taking the personal approach to nail down support. >> this is barack obama. >> reporter: and like romney, the president sees this debate as a chance to talk to america. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> reporter: the president has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states, including ohio, which begins early balloting today. >> romney's task is difficult because he has to redefine himse
, president obama and governor romney both in new york city to speak at the the clinton global initiative. governor romney will drob by nbc's education summit. chuck todd is the nbc's political director. you koom with your telestrator today. >> i do. >> let's talk about the state of the union in terms of the battleground map. we know that 270 is the magic number. where do things stand right now? >> we have the president at 243. states adding up to 243 electoral votes, 270 is the magic numb. what we've recently moved was the state of iowa. that put him at 243. what's interesting here, it means he now only needs a couple of states. a couple of the big states, big three that i talk about all the time. ohio, florida, virginia, a couple of ways and he gets over the finish line. >> we talk about ohio, it's usually a bellweather. you have a couple of scenarios to run through. i think this one shows if president obama takes ohio? >> we do. let me show you what happens when we give him ohio. watch how close he gets to 270. it gets him to 261 here. and now, that means what? there's about four diffe
for a moment. who is the better debater really? >> they're both mediocre debaiters. barack obama didn't win debates, joe biden won. actual debates, harvard and yale coaches enjoy will be paul ryan and joe biden. they'll be better. romney is good in a group setting, hasn't done a lot of one on one. the president, john mccain wasn't the best debater either. >> i talked to nathan sproul, how much ground romney has to gain, could be as much as seven points, that's a lot to gain through a debate performance. two guys can be well prepared, one sitting president. >> he did against bush. >> it is not the debate, what is it for mitt romney in the last five weeks of the campaign to change it. >> i think he has to go big, has to have a couple of really big ideas that connect with the american people and where they are. the economy is slowly getting better. there are real doubts about the medicare plan paul ryan put in place, it is beginning to hurt them in battleground states. i don't think there's one thing that can turn it around for him except the ufo theory which i keep coming back to. just had it
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